Apple Releases a New 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple Releases a New 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina DisplayJust when you thought Apple was done announcing new MacBooks this year, it comes out with another contender just in time for the holiday season.

During a press event on Tuesday, Phil Schiller unveiled a new, thinner MacBook Pro which features an impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution in a 13.3″ display.

For $1,699, you’ll get 128 GB of flash storage and a 2.5 GHz Core i5 ‘Ivy Bridge’ processor. That puts the 13″ MacBook Pro in a competitive stance with the traditional 15″ MacBook Pro in both price and performance.

  • Thickness: 0.75-inches
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs.
  • Display: Retina 2560 x 1600 (178-degree viewing angle)
  • Camera: FaceTime HD 720p
  • Audio: Dual Mics,
  • Processor: Core i5 or i7 ‘Ivy Bridge’
  • Wireless: 802.11n / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Ram: 8 GB
  • Storage: Up to 768 GB flash
  • Battery: 7 hours

This is a major update to the small-form MacBook Pro. The smaller size is popular among students and professionals that appreciate the smaller form factor but don’t wish to sacrifice performance. You do lose the optical drive, but that’s part for the course these days as the old storage media is on its way to the same tech graveyard as floppy drives and zip disks.

Apple is betting that 13″ is a sweet spot that isn’t too small to be productive or too large to be portable. There are very little sacrifices made at this size over a 15″ MacBook Pro as the keyboard is absolutely identical. You might miss the bolder audio from user-facing speakers placed on either side of the keyboard, though.

Apple has two base models available for purchase, with custom configurations possible to those patient enough to wait.

13-inch: 2.5 GHz (128GB)

  • 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz
  • 8 GB 1600 MHz memory
  • 128 GB flash storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Built-in battery (7 hours)
  • Price: $1,699.00

13-inch: 2.5 GHz (256GB)

  • 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz
  • 8 GB 1600 MHz memory
  • 256 GB flash storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Built-in battery (7 hours)
  • Price: $1,999.00

The two base models are absolutely identical save for a doubling of solid-state storage. If you’re willing to part with an extra 128 GB of storage, you can enjoy the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina for a little less than a comparable 15-inch MacBook Pro (without Retina).

Will you be picking up a 13-inch MacBook Pro? Is it worth the bump in price over a standard MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

Photo: The Verge

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003099533977 Derrick Sturgill

    I’d be fine with the cheaper of the two. No way is 128 GB worth $300.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.stockham.1 Brian Stockham

      Anymore than the 128-GB (with only an i5) is worth $1699!

      • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

        SSD, FTW.

  • Gustavdy

    I hope the hd 4000 is enough to run everything smothly

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000756390098 James Feeney

    my Laptop is i7 Ivy Bridge, 3D same chip as Mac Book Pro 15 inch retina, 17 inch monitor, Blacklit key board all for 1500 and it is also Full HD with 32GB SSD for OS, 2 1TB hard drives. Battery life gets me 1-3 hours depening on use… and my laptop was cheaper….

    • jS

      Apple don’t sell machine’s specific designed for one thing. They are multi purpose and therefore, worth more. Try traveling with that thing, or not destroying the atmosphere.

  • Curtis Coburn

    Great article Ryan. I really like all the operating systems, but in different ways. I’m using my 13 IN MacBook from 2006. To tell the truth, the 13 IN screen is just perfect for me. If I needed a Mac for my profession (Which I might someday) a 13 IN Mac is what I will be getting. My PC is a 15 IN, and I feel it is too big. I have also used my teachers 11 MacBook air, and I feel like that is just too small for me. For what I do, this would make me really happy, because I still get a very powerful computer, in the perfect size.

    And for the price, I think it’s great. Something that is built to last, that’s pretty powerful. But surely in 6-7 years, it won’t be that powerful anymore.
    I love my 2006 MacBook. It’s still working! It’s built to last.

  • Curtis Coburn

    Great article Ryan. I really like all the operating systems, but in different ways. I’m using my 13 IN MacBook from 2006. To tell the truth, the 13 IN screen is just perfect for me. If I needed a Mac for my profession (Which I might someday) a 13 IN Mac is what I will be getting. My PC is a 15 IN, and I feel it is too big. I have also used my teachers 11 MacBook air, and I feel like that is just too small for me. For what I do, this would make me really happy, because I still get a very powerful computer, in the perfect size.

    And for the price, I think it’s great. Something that is built to last, that’s pretty powerful. But surely in 6-7 years, it won’t be that powerful anymore.
    I love my 2006 MacBook. It’s still working! It’s built to last.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/gpowerf G.Power

    Not excited about the Retina display at all, if the scaling performance is no better than the 15 inch model then it is something I wouldn’t get at all. The 13-inch MacBook Air with 8Gb seems like a better choice right now…

    Macs have always had silky smooth graphics, it is disappointing that the Retina display equipped MBPs don’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000376707550 Brian Buckley

    I might spring for this